Crodick off-base on students' plea for action
Monday, April 16, 2018
It troubles me greatly to read the remarks of a Currituck County Board of Education member concerning the recent “walkout” at Currituck County High School. “Participants should face punishment?” I am grateful this was not the majority’s perspective. A “walkout?” Why not refer to this as what it was: a peaceful plea for action.
I am a retired teacher. I began my career in Chestertown, Maryland, in 1970, and finished it at Currituck County High School in 2013. Never in my experiences have I encountered such harsh, negative statements concerning “young people speaking their minds.” To believe that the students who chose to respond to the Florida tragedy were “deciding the rules” only to “disrupt education time” is shameful. To serve on Currituck County Board of Education harboring such a low opinion and distorted view of our county’s young adults is very disturbing. How dare school board member Will Crodick assume that “the school can now expect to have a protest every week.” What kind of mind comes up with that?
A fire drill “disrupts education time.” Would Mr. Crodick choose to ban those as well?
The students and teachers are not failing in their work. A teacher’s greatest success occurs when a student pays attention and responds in an appropriate manner. No rules were really broken … no chaos created. Education is not and should never be in the business of creating or molding robotic behavior. Good schools strive to provide students with opportunities to learn, practice and use critical thinking. The tragic school shooting in Florida prompted action.
How small-minded and somewhat evil to entertain the view that the students were looking for a way to disrupt and break rules, or that their action was a result of teachers pushing political viewpoints. I, for one, am so proud of our high school students. They were awake and paying attention.
In Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Thank you, students.